Packers, Vikings … and Beer Making

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Jim, Bill and Scott divying up the fruits of their labors.  (Click to enlarge photo.)

Jim, Bill and Scott divvying up the fruits of their labors. (Click to enlarge photo.)

Tonight while the Packers went up against the Vikings, Scott Finneseth, Jim Eaton and Bill were brew meisters once again.

The tasks at hand were to: 1.  divvy up their already-bottled beer, 2. bottle a batch of Brown Ale and 3. transfer two batches of beer from their respective fermenting buckets to their respective carboys. The two beers getting transferred were the American Bock and the German Style Light.

The American Bock kit before the concoction began brewing on September 22nd.  (Click photo to enlarge.)

The American Bock kit before the concoction began brewing on September 22nd. (Click photo to enlarge.)

Bill, Scott and Jim began the American Bock and German Style Light batches almost two weeks ago on Tuesday, September 22nd.

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The German Style Light kit on the same evening of September 22nd. (Click photo to enlarge.)

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Scott's making sure the tilt of the bucket prevents the sediment from going into the carboy.  (Click photo to enlarge.)

Scott's making sure the tilt of the bucket prevents the siphon from losing its suction, as well as preventing transfer of any sediment to the carboy. (Click photo to enlarge.)

Although they wouldn’t have to, Bill, Jim and Scott are double-fermenting these two beers.  By doing so, the American Bock and German Style Light beers will be “cleaner, crisper and better tasting.”

In the photo at the left, the German Style Light is being transferred from the fermenting bucket (in which it was put on September 22nd) to the car boy.  The same process was completed tonight with the American Bock.

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The comparison.  (Click photo to enlarge.)

The comparison. (Click photo to enlarge.)

L to R:  German Style Light and American Bock.  To prevent them from being exposed to light, a few minutes after the photo to the left was taken, these two batches in the carboys were covered with blankets.  Still covered, they are now completing their fermentation as they “sleep” in darkness until they are bottled in about a week.

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I’ll get a move-on so that I can finish posting about Oregon…I think! Also, I haven’t talked with Mr. Spaulding yet as to what our next topic should be.  When it works for both him and me (hopefully within the next two or three weeks), we’ll get a new transcript put together.

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2 Responses to “Packers, Vikings … and Beer Making”

  1. Peg Says:

    What a fun hobby! Especially together with good buds (no pun or double-pun intended). (Buddies, Budweiser, taste buds, etc.)

    I like the explanatory text, but the pictures are worth *five*-thousand words! (A thousand for each picture. ;-))

    Never heard of a “car boy” before. Ever learning here!

    My favorite lines: “. . . these two batches in the car boys were covered with blankets. Still covered, they are now completing their fermentation as they ‘sleep’ in darkness . . . .” So . . . who made up that description? You or one-or-all of the guys?

    I’ll be sure to send the link to Josh and Jon. They’ll like it. (Jeffers, too.)

  2. Peg Says:

    Hey we watched that game with Jeff’s dad when he and Rosemary were here! (Jeff’s neice/Les’s granddaughter transferred to WI this fall and got Jane/her mom to come get her and take her back to MN till the brewehaha [pun intended] subsided. Couldn’t stand being in Packer territory for the while.) Who were your men cheering for? What a fun juxtaposition–MNF and brewing. Well, if I loved (and knew much about!) football and beer, that is! LOL! (I probably most like the idea of having fun together with family and friends.)

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